BJ Hensley Archive

  • Childhood Adventures This massive rule-book clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 78 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ahh, childhood. Most people look back with nostalgia-tinted glasses at theirs. I’m not one of these persons, due to a variety of reasons. So this is about playing kids – and as such, there is a lot to consider. But why play kids? Well, for kids playing kids, there are two angles, both valid: One, kids want to play adults. I was that guy. Two: Kids playing other kids for easier identification. While I was not one […]

    Childhood Adventures

    Childhood Adventures This massive rule-book clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 78 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ahh, childhood. Most people look back with nostalgia-tinted glasses at theirs. I’m not one of these persons, due to a variety of reasons. So this is about playing kids – and as such, there is a lot to consider. But why play kids? Well, for kids playing kids, there are two angles, both valid: One, kids want to play adults. I was that guy. Two: Kids playing other kids for easier identification. While I was not one […]

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  • Creature Components Volume I This massive book clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page inside of front cover, 3 pages of detailed ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 50 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   This book has been moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review. I actually have had quite some time to digest the pre-release version (with only layout missing) and tried to get the review done before my trip. Alas, there were some delays and thus, the final version only hit sites after my departure. I do have a policy to cover only finalized books with proper […]

    Creature Components Volume I

    Creature Components Volume I This massive book clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page inside of front cover, 3 pages of detailed ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 50 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   This book has been moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review. I actually have had quite some time to digest the pre-release version (with only layout missing) and tried to get the review done before my trip. Alas, there were some delays and thus, the final version only hit sites after my departure. I do have a policy to cover only finalized books with proper […]

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  • In the Company of Unicorns This installment of Rite Publishing’s series of racial sourcebooks clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this time around, it’s unicorns – but what type? Well, obviously not the classic arcane mysticism of the middle ages that equated the unicorn with Jesus Christ – but neither is this just a rehash of the classic, noble trope, though this does feature in the equation. The unicorns, or re’em as they call […]

    In the Company of Unicorns

    In the Company of Unicorns This installment of Rite Publishing’s series of racial sourcebooks clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   So, this time around, it’s unicorns – but what type? Well, obviously not the classic arcane mysticism of the middle ages that equated the unicorn with Jesus Christ – but neither is this just a rehash of the classic, noble trope, though this does feature in the equation. The unicorns, or re’em as they call […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Young Character Options This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD/editorial, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin this pdf with several observations regarding how childhood in a quasi-medieval setting would look like – and if you’re a bit of a history buff, you’ll know that even games thus basically focus on teaching skills. In a given fantasy setting, this is twice as important – after all, the world is a dangerous place. The age-range for children of the various core-races receives a […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Young Character Options

    Four Horsemen Present: Young Character Options This pdf clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD/editorial, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   We begin this pdf with several observations regarding how childhood in a quasi-medieval setting would look like – and if you’re a bit of a history buff, you’ll know that even games thus basically focus on teaching skills. In a given fantasy setting, this is twice as important – after all, the world is a dangerous place. The age-range for children of the various core-races receives a […]

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  • A Friend in Need This module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page inside back cover (which doubles as a picture you can color), 1/2 a page advertisement, leaving 20 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved forward on my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreons.   First of all, before I go into details: This module is intended for a younger audience – basically, this is intended to be a very kid-friendly module – to be more precise, for the age-range of about ~ 6 years. I ran the module in my […]

    A Friend in Need

    A Friend in Need This module clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page inside back cover (which doubles as a picture you can color), 1/2 a page advertisement, leaving 20 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved forward on my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the behest of my patreons.   First of all, before I go into details: This module is intended for a younger audience – basically, this is intended to be a very kid-friendly module – to be more precise, for the age-range of about ~ 6 years. I ran the module in my […]

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